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Iowa City mobile home park under investigation

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - According to our coverage partners at the Iowa City Press Citizen, the owner of an Iowa City mobile home park is being investigated.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Department confirmed they are looking into complaints of bad business practices by Regency of Iowa, as well as poor water quality at their Iowa City property. The Johnson County Sheriff's Department offered few details of the complaints of questionable business practices by Regency of Iowa, but the Iowa Department of Natural Resources did fill us in on their investigation of the park's drinking water quality.

"The complaint was regarding the water smelling like rotten eggs, and having discoloration," said DNR inspector Ryan Stouder. He told Regency that it's in violation of the federal safe drinking water act, which he says it must comply with in a short timeframe.

"Initially, they've got until the end of July to respond to us. If we don't see significant improvements in the next couple months, we'll seek further action."

Stouder says if Regency fails to do this, "it could lead to some pretty substantial infractions that they'll have to deal with," which may include taking away the company's drinking water permit.

We did attempt to call the Colorado-based Churchill Group, of which Regency of Iowa is a subsidiary, but the phone line they had listed publicly was not working.

In the meantime, Stouder says Regency also faces a considerable fine for improper demolition of old homes, and disposal of hazardous materials, including asbestos. He expects the DNR to have more information about its investigation into the drinking water issue later this week.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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